BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Area Police

Dunkirk man facing drug charges

A Dunkirk man was taken into custody Friday by the NYS Police Fugitive Task Force in the Buffalo area after a secret grand jury warrant was released for his arrest.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force along with the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office previously presented evidence Aaron A. Davis, 43, of Dunkirk sold quantities of crack cocaine to agents on multiple occasions to a secret grand jury. A warrant was issued for the charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Davis was turned over to Dunkirk Police pending arraignment in county court.

This arrest was made based on information from the public. The STRDTF and Dunkirk Police ask anyone who observes narcotics related activity to call local police or the task force at 1-800-344-8702.

Fredonia resident charged with DWI

On Tuesday at about 2:35 a.m. Fredonia-based State Police troopers charged Colton Farnham, 20, of Fredonia with driving while intoxicated. Troopers report Farnham was stopped on State Route 5 in the Town of Dunkirk for speeding and failure to dim his headlights.

Farnham’s blood alcohol level was reported to be .11 percent. He is to answer charges in the Town of Dunkirk Court on May 13.

Westfield Police

Westfield Police allegedly observed a suspicious male outside a local convenience store on East Main Street Wednesday. Upon further investigation the officers allegedly found Joshua A. Powell, 27, of Mayville, in possession of two hypodermic needles and a controlled substance. Powell was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.

He was arraigned in Westfield Village Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail to appear back in court at a later date.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office

RANDOLPH – Steph-anie L. Campbell, 35, of Cherry Creek, was charged April 16 with seven counts of petit larceny and second-degree scheme to defraud. She was arraigned in the Cattaraugus County Court and released on her own recognizance.

Campbell will appear in the Randolph Town Court for further proceedings at a later date.

EAST OTTO – The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office investigated an incident of larcenies that occurred at a residence on Crumb Hill Road. The owners of the residence experienced theft of money from their residence consistent with days a house cleaner came to clean their house in the months of February and April.

Kylene M. Hellreigel, 28, of Dayton, was charged Friday with three counts of petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. She was issued appearance tickets to appear in East Otto Town Court at a later date.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

ELLINGTON – Chris-topher P. Brown, 41, of Bemus Point, was charged Thursday with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, second-degree obstructing government administration and parking on the highway after a vehicle complaint on Butman Road.

According to the caller, the car was parked in the roadway, running, with no one in the vehicle or around the area. Deputies responded and found Brown slumped over in his vehicle sleeping.

Brown was allegedly intoxicated and physically resisted deputies trying to take him into custody. It was also found his license had been revoked due to previous alcohol related offenses.

Additional charges are pending the results of a chemical blood test.

KIANTONE – Kenneth M. Ruch, 53, of Celoron, was charged April 19 with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI with a blood alcohol content of .18 percent or higher and failure to keep right after a traffic stop on Route 60.

Deputies allegedly saw Ruch’s vehicle swerve into oncoming traffic and had to swerve onto the shoulder of the road to avoid a head-on collision.

He was issued tickets to appear in the Kiantone Town Court at a later date.